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Adam Gadahn

Adam GadahnAKA Adam Pearlman

Born: 1-Sep-1978
Birthplace: Undetermined Location, OR
Died: 19-Jan-2015
Location of death: Undetermined Location, Pakistan
Cause of death: War

Gender: Male
Religion: Sunni Muslim [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Terrorist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Al-Qaeda terrorist, indicted for treason

Moved to Pakistan in 1997/98, sometimes known as "Azzam al-Amriki" (Azzam the American). Gadahn is the first US treason indictment in over 50 years, the last being a Japanese-American who mistreated POW's. Treason is the only crime specifically defined in the US Constitution, as "levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort." Gadahn has appeared in several Al Qaeda videos, threatening American streets will "run red with blood." A $1M reward was offered for his capture.

[1] Born into a Protestant family, Adam converted to Islam at age seventeen. His paternal grandfather (surname "Pearlman") was Jewish. The name "Gadahn" is a variant of the Biblical "Gideon", a name adopted by his parents. Describing his father Phillip, Adam wrote "My father was raised agnostic or atheist, but he became a believer in One God when he picked up a Bible left on the beach." Raffi Khatchadourian, "Azzam the American: The Making of an Al Qaeda Homegrown", The New Yorker, 22 January 2007.

Father: Seth Philip Gadahn (born Philip Pearlman)
Wife: Jennifer Gadahn (Afghani)
Brother: Omar Gadahn

    High School: (home schooled)

    al-Qaeda (2001-15)
    Converted to Islam Garden Grove, CA (1995)
    Assault Garden Grove, CA (7-May-1997)
    Treason 11-Oct-2006 (indicted, Santa Ana, CA)
    Jewish Ancestry (via paternal grandfather Carl Pearlman)

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